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Trauma Stewardship

An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others
Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (135 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A longtime trauma worker, Laura van Dernoot Lipsky offers a deep and empathetic survey of the often-unrecognized toll on those working to make the world a better place. We may feel tired, cynical, numb, or like we can never do enough. These, and other symptoms, affect us individually and collectively, sapping the energy and effectiveness we so desperately need if we are to benefit humankind, other animals, and the planet itself. Through Trauma Stewardship, we are called to meet these challenges in an intentional way - not by becoming overwhelmed but by developing a quality of mindful presence. Joining the wisdom of ancient cultural traditions with modern psychological research, Lipsky offers a variety of simple and profound practices that will allow us to remake ourselves - and ultimately the world.

©2009 Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky (P)2017 Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky

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  • Liz
  • AUSTIN, TX
  • 08-30-18

Good book, horrendous narration

I was super excited that this came in audiobook format, so I could listen to this in my car, but once it began I realized something was terribly wrong. The narrator seems unfamiliar and unenthusiastic about the subject and verged on bored. They really did not do this book justice. Perhaps this was the narrators first time reading for an audiobook? I would highly recommend that this author finds better narration for their book to do their book the justice it needs.

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This is a must read...

for anyone in a helping profession or anyone who feels that they carry the weight of the world. At times, this felt like a kick in the stomach. It knocked the air right out of me and simultaneously gave a breath of fresh air.

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essential for anyone involved with"helping others"

check in with yourself to do the important work of self care. if you listen, you will be alarmed to action to attend to oneself

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This book came at a perfect time.

This book was so good. It was well written. It had a lot of great ideas that were very helpful for people taking care of others. It had useful story’s from others who have gone through secondary trauma.

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ok

This book can be a little disjointed at times but overall it has a good message.

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necessity for SWers!!

the trauma exposure response was incredibly enlightening and helped me to understand that I was not the exception top the rule. thank you!!

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A new counselor

The best part of this book is part four (chapters 7-12). Though it is important to understand and recognize the issue and how it manifests in individuals and organizations, creating a solution and building a sustainable life is really what I was looking towards when I picked up this book.

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Social workers/activists need to read this

a very important read for those exposed to secondary trauma often and need to protect themselves from burnout and compassion fatigue.

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So impressed!!

Great job to the author. So thorough. So helpful!! I really can’t recommend enough. Even if you don’t work in a “helping” job the information is relevant.

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great for people in ANY care profession

I was suggested this book because I was a marriage family therapist trainee. I wish I had heard/read this book before I started my traineeship. It helped me realize that I was being traumatized by helping those who had experienced trauma - it was so bad that I was headed for burn out before my career even started. This flipped my view and helped me help myself, to seek help, and cope with not being able to be the wonder woman everyone else thought I was and that I was pushing to be. I may still be wonder woman some day, but even then, I'll be the human version with faults, needs, and limits. This book helped me understand that and I've suggested it to others in helping fields including: people working in ERs, those working along side medical staff, nurses, firefighters, volunteers, therapists, clients, and will continue to suggest to people in other fields in the future.

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  • Claire Gaunt
  • 06-19-19

Pronounced words wrong

Great book and very helpful, but was frustrating to hear “Iraq” and “Hafez” mispronounced. Would recommend fixing this as the pronunciation you have is not even close.